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The order of time

By: Rovelli, Carlo

0241292522 / 9780241292525
Out of print
United Kingdom
19 cm 213 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Professional & Vocational  Learn More Tertiary Education (US: College)
Translated from the Italian.

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'Modern physics has found its poet.

A captivating, fascinating, profoundly beautiful book' - John Banville'The new Stephen Hawking' - Sunday TimesThe bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting, consoling journey to discover the meaning of time'We are time.

We are this space, this clearing opened by the traces of memory inside the connections between our neurons.

We are memory. We are nostalgia. We are longing for a future that will not come.'Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us.

Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it.

From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations.

Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe. With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery.

Enlightening and consoling, The Order of Time shows that to understand ourselves we need to reflect on time -- and to understand time we need to reflect on ourselves. Translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre


HP Philosophy, HPM Philosophy of mind, PDZ Popular science, PG Astronomy, space & time, PH Physics, VXA Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice

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